[sf-lug] need CentOS 5 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5) platform info

jim stockford jim at well.com
Tue Aug 28 17:38:09 PDT 2007

    wellllllll, the box reflected by the specs is a one-unit
hopefully relatively low-power box to replace the
over-powered and under storaged box we have in the
ServePath colo.
    if we get it, the cost will be right and thanks due to
those who will tell me how they want their thanks (i.e.
not to be named at this time).
    the idea is to be a good citizen for ServePath, who's
giving free space, power, and bandwidth to SF-LUG
(and now to BALUG and possibly other do-gooder
open source groups)--trade low-power small form
factor 1-U box in for clumsy high-powered tower box.
    I'll ask about the south bridge chip and motherboard
maker, and thanks.

On Aug 28, 2007, at 5:10 PM, Rick Moen wrote:

> Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com):
>> I may get a box with the following:
>>      CPU:  Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core - 8MB L2 Smart Cache
>> 1066MHz System Bus
>>      RAM:  2GB (2 x 1GB) Unbuffered ECC DDR2-667
>>      NIC:  Dual 10/100/1000 Mbps NICs (Intel 82573L + 82573V) -
>> Integrated
>>      Management:  None
>>      PCI Riser Options:  PCIe (For PCI-X Options, Please Contact our
>> Sales Department)
>>      PCIe x8:  None
>>      Fixed Drive - 1:  250GB Seagate Barracuda ES (3Gb/s,7.2Krpm,16MB
>> Cache,NCQ) SATA
>>      Fixed Drive - 2:  250GB Seagate Barracuda ES (3Gb/s,7.2Krpm,16MB
>> Cache,NCQ) SATA
>> Does anybody see a potential problem (e.g. Oh, No! the
>> NIC won't work! or some such)?
> Important datum missing from above:  What's the south bridge chip?
> (Providing make/model of the motherboard permits deducing the south
> bridge, equivalently.  In either event, the main reason to want to know
> is to check for SATA driver problems.)
> i82573L is the same vintage ethernet chip as used in the Lenovo
> T60/T60p.  Obviously, you need a recent enough e1000 driver for it.
> RHEL4 U4's kernel was, IIRC, the first to have support.  This argues
> that CentOS 5 should not be a problem, in that area.
> What'cha doing with all that CPU, Jim?  Inquiring minds, and all that.
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